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ONE JOURNALIST DEAD, SEVERAL INJURED IN KARACHI BOMBINGS

Among the 138 people killed by bombings in Karachi on 18 October 2007 was Muhammad Arif, a cameraman for ARY One World TV, according to the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Arif, who leaves behind a young wife and six children, had delayed his transfer to ARY's London office to cover former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's return from eight years of exile.

The two blasts that went off during a crowded procession welcoming Bhutto injured several other journalists, said PPF and an APP report posted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The injured included journalists from APP, with the Punjab-language news channel APNA and the Karachi-based daily "Jurrat". "The News", an English-language daily reported that Abid Ali of Dawn News TV was seriously injured.

By the following day, no arrests had been made and no group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

In other news, on 16 October, Azar Abbas Haidri, a staff reporter for "The Post", an English-language daily based in Islamabad, was found dead in Karachi, where he had gone to celebrate the Muslim Eid holiday with his family. Initial news reports said Azar was shot at close range and appeared to have been beaten, CPJ reported. "The Post" said his body "carried signs of torture," adding that police termed it "a target killing."

Visit these links:
- PPF: http://tinyurl.com/27wbwt
- APP/CPJ: http://www.cpj.org/news/2007/asia/pak19oct07na.html
- Haidri shooting death: http://www.cpj.org/news/2007/asia/pak18octr07na.html
(Photo of Karachi bombing courtesy of CPJ)

(23 Oct. 2007)

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